World Nations & Private Sector Set To Provide Malawi With Over One Billion Dollars In Economic Development Funding

Britannia Mining Is Well Positioned - With Role to Play - As Malawi's Mineral Sector is Expected to Substantially Contribute to the Economic Growth of the Country

Dec 03, 2012, 08:33 ET from Micron Enviro Systems

LONDON, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Britannia Mining Plc, a UK based mining development company [recently merged with U.S. based Micron Enviro Systems (Symbol: MSVS) – pending shareholder ratification] announced today, that on the heels of the Malawi Economic Recovery Plan (MERP) being championed by Her Excellency, President Mrs. Joyce Banda – which has encouraged governments, donors and private firms to financially support the effort, the mineral sector will receive a substantial capital injection and Britannia's primary asset, Britannia Malawi, is well positioned to play its role and potentially benefit significantly from the global agenda.

"With our focus on developing first rate mining projects - a combination of stellar geology, logistics, patience, commitment, and funding are key to sustaining the process of establishing mineral resources," stated, Kenneth Roberts, CEO of Britannia Mining and Micron Enviro Systems.  "We have developed, deployed, and delivered all of the above and more.   However, what is more 'telling' than our project potential and staying power, is the amazing timing in which events have unfolded during the past year.  Not just for Britannia, but moreover, for the country of Malawi."

During 2012 Her Excellency Joyce Banda unexpectedly came into power.  The Queen of England heralded President Banda at her Jubilee offering the preverbal olive branch in support of a new economic environment for the people of Malawi.  U.S Senators began their descent into the country and nearly every major royal family, nation and political outfit around the world has begun jockeying into position around Malawi for involvement in developing its energy, minerals and resource rich topography. 

The United State's government agency (Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) will release a USD $350 Million compact grant to Malawi.   The People's Republic of China has earmarked USD $500 Million for the country.   The World Bank has delivered USD $25 Million.  Even companies such as Globe Metals and Mining – set to invest USD $272 Million (for mine construction in 2013) – have become very active in developing not only the Malawian economy, but likely, very prosperous mining operations as this African country [Malawi] is believed to be just as rich in minerals and resources as the rest of the continent.

Mkango Resources Limited recently announced an exciting find at its Songwe Hill rare earths project in Malawi.   The firm has identified a NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource at nearly all depths of less than 200 m below the surface of the hill.  This resource is estimated to be at 13.2 million tonnes grading at 1.62% TREO and further, 18.6 million tonnes at 1.38% TREO; the extent of mineralization being much greater than indicated in historical exploration data.

Now take Britannia's historic iron ore mine as another example.  Established in the late 1950's by British Central Africa Company, Nthale was recently estimated to have close to 5 million tonnes iron ore just at the surface of a single body of ore.  Being the first target identified within 20 sq km, the Nthale Hill orebody has been an actively mined artisanally for nearly half a century right up to the present day. Britannia Mining intends to ramp up activity and commercially mine this orebody with potential to yield between USD $500 and $700 Million.  Since Britannia's (U.K.) acquisition of the historical mining area, the exploration rights have been extended; a result of field exploration, where it is now believed that iron ore targets occur within a wider area of 650 sq km (251 +/= sq mi). Britannia has since invested significant capital into furthering its exploration by contracting expert geological manpower from overseas to provide an independent appraisal of the regional geological potential.

Since the instatement of Her Excellency President Mrs. Joyce Banda, both the country of Malawi, and its committed international investors – like Britannia Mining – are presumably set to thrive as the world's attention becomes focused on the economic growth of Malawi; centered around its mineral capabilities.

Roberts continued, "Since our meeting with the High Commissioner for Malawi (last week Wednesday), His Excellency Mr. Bernard H. Sande, we strongly anticipate that Britannia Mining will be working very closely with the Government to expedite developing a number of iron ore projects in Malawi. We also have the geological insights from Bastillion Resources that lean towards significant resource potential at Nthale and beyond.  We therefore expect these recent developments to push our strategy forward to further define iron ore in Malawi." 

"To participate in the geological remapping of Malawi, while ultimately becoming a benefactor of the new era of global financial interest in the country's energy, mineral and resource development, through our iron ore project we anticipate that Britannia Mining will make a significant contribution to the Malawian economy.  Malawi is strategically well positioned to supply mineral products within Africa and overseas to the international markets.  In playing our part to define the country's untapped mineral potential, we expect to bring immense value to our shareholders," concluded Roberts.

About Britannia Mining

Britannia Mining is an explorer and developer of mining projects. The company is developing a high grade iron ore project in Malawi and holds an Exclusive Prospecting License (EPL) for iron ore over 650 sq km at Nthale, Blantyre. From magnetic imaging studies that have been completed over a test area of 20 sq km, the company has located a number of ore bodies that indicate this 20 sq km area could yield upwards of 40 million tonnes iron ore. The company intends to mobilize a drilling program, where upon completion the company expects to provide a resource definition of the first target at Nthale Hill.

Britannia Mining is in talks with a number of potential partners to implement a near term mining plan at Nthale Hill.

About Micron Enviro Systems

Micron Enviro Systems is an emerging mining company which explores and pursues opportunities in gold, coal and lithium.  Much of the business set in leveraging various gold claims, leases and permits to enhance shareholder value.  Over the course of 2012, in narrowing its scope of operation, Micron surrendered various leases and permits unrelated to gold. 

In October of 2012 Britannia Mining (UK company), solidified its interest in Micron and executed an agreement to Merge with Micron pending ratification by shareholders. 

Micron Enviro Systems is now headed by the CEO of Britannia Mining, Mr. Kenneth Roberts.

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